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Discovering Historical Graffiti at the Tower of London

In 1791, workmen at the Tower of London discovered extensive historical graffiti left by prisoners – including the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey – centuries earlier.

Graffiti at Wellclose Square Prison

Although Wellclose Square Prison is now lost to history, the wooden walls of one of the cells survive at the Museum of London and are covered in graffiti documenting the distant voices of the incarcerated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Selling a Duchess in Eighteenth-Century Whitehall

In 1786, the bon ton flocked to Privy Gardens in Whitehall to attend a vast auction of curiosities, art works and antiquities owned by the deceased Duchess of Portland

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The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park, ‘Our Alice’

Recounts the story of Alice Ayres who, in 1885, perished in a fire in Southwark while attempting to rescue three children.